This is a copy of the weekly newsletter from the New Zealand Running sent by email on September 21st 2010 covering events coming up over the next two weekends, regular weekday events, competitions and some build up events for the Auckland Marathon.
Waimea Harriers 10K Road Series in Nelson on Saturday September 25th. This is the last of four events in this series for 2010. More information.
City to Surf in Tauranga on Sunday September 27th. This is a popular 12K event; you can still enter online and on the day as well with cash. More information.
The Multisport Marton Harrier Series on Sunday September 27th. There are 2K, 5K and 10K options in this second of three events series. Enter on the day. More information.
The Onehunga Half Marathon in Auckland on Sunday September 27th. There are 5K, 10K, 16K and Half Marathon options in this event. If you enter online before Tuesday next week you will save yourself a $10 late fee. Entries are accepted online until Saturday 26th at 10:00am and you can also enter on the day. More information.
Run and Walk Events at Barry Curtis Park in Auckland on Saturday October 2nd. This is the third build-up event leading up to the Auckland Marathon with distances of 8K, 16K, 24K, 32K and a Kids 2K. This is the last of the Run Walk Events series before the Auckland Marathon; there is a final event at Ellerslie Racecourse on December 5th (I'll be running the Half Marathon at that one). You can enter online and also on the day from 6:30am. More information.
Sri Chinmoy 6-12-24 Hour Track Races at Sovereign Stadium in Auckland on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd. See how far you can run or walk in 6, 12 or 24 hours as an individual, or in 12 hours as a team of 4. The entry cut off date is Saturday September 25th (this weekend). More information.
Tikitapu Offroad Trail Run near Rotorua on Saturday October 2nd. There are Half Marathon, 20K and 10K options at this event. You can enter right up until race day but it's cheaper if you enter by Friday October 1st. More information.
The Xterra Trail Challenge at the Karangahake Gorge on Saturday October 2nd. There are 7.3K, 13K and 19K options and you can enter up until and on race day; race day entries incur a $7 late fee. There's also a discount for Waihi locals. More information.
Kaitaia Run/Walk on Sunday October 3rd. This is part of the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series for 2010 with distances of 4K and 12K. Entries close on Wednesday September 29th and there are no entries on the day. More information.
SBS Hamilton Half Marathon on Sunday October 3rd. There are 5K and 10K options as well as the Half Marathon. You can enter online until midnight on September 30th with a late entry fee applying from September 27th. You can also enter on the day up to 30 minutes before your chosen event, again subject to the late entry fee. More information.
Sri Chinmoy Sumner Esplanade 5K and 10K in Christchurch on Sunday October 3rd along with a kids 2.5K option. There is no mention on the offical event page that this event has been affected by the Canterbury earthquake so presumably it is still going ahead; the previous Sri Chinmoy event at Hagley Park went ahead despite the earthquake. Enter online by the Friday before the event or on the day for an additional $5 late entry fee. More information.
Taranaki Daily News Half Marathon in New Plymouth on Sunday October 3rd. There is only a half marathon option at this event and you can enter up until October 2nd i.e. the day before the event. It's $10 cheaper if you enter by September 26th (Sunday). More information.
There are a number of weekday running events around the country that repeat every week. Here's a list of them from the running calendar:
The previous competition is for an entry into the 5K or 10K Devonport Classic in Auckland on Sunday October 10th 2010 was won by Tim Collie of Pt Chev in Auckland; congratulations Tim!
The current competition is for an entry into the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon at Run Mahana near Nelson. This event is on Saturday November 27th 2010, starting and ending at the Woollaston Estates Vineyard. The competition runs until Sunday September 26th 2010 at 11:59pm and the winner will be chosen at random the following day. Enter here.
We also have the following competitions lined up to follow the current one:
Here's some events you might want to consider entering in the lead up to the Auckland Marathon and Half Marathon at the end of October:
I ran The Legend Marathon on Saturday finishing in a time of 4:01:02 which is just over 5 minutes slower than last year and is my slowest marathon to date! The new section made it a lot tougher and I think my effort was pretty much on par with last year's, although I found the last 3 to 4 kms pretty hard going...
My next event is the Auckland Marathon on October 31st; I would dearly love to set a PB at this, my 7th marathon, because my fastest time ever was the first and was probably the worst I've ever run a marathon. I set off far too fast and had to walk a considerable amount of the last few kilometers. There's plenty of time to get some good training in between now and then so we'll see what happens.
Just in case you feel like something boring to read :) I've updated the "About Us" page with a list of all the events I've run to date.
Have a great running week. If you are running or walking any of the events this weekend I wish you the very best.